WATCH: Grace Mugabe ally arrives back in Harare after 6-month exile

A political ally of former first lady Grace Mugabe has landed back in Harare six months after he fled into exile in South Africa.

A short video clip shared on social media on Tuesday showed Saviour Kasukuwere dressed in a blue suit and wearing a leather cap outside the arrivals section of Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

Watch video below

"Very good, I'm very happy," Kasukuwere said in response to a question from a journalist who asked how it felt to be back in Zimbabwe.

At the weekend Kasukuwere, a 47-year-old former local government minister, told the Sunday Times that he would return to Zimbabwe this week to face whatever accusations the new government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa brings against him.

"If I did commit a crime, then I must be brought before the courts and charged," he said.

Several other ex-cabinet ministers who were loyal to former president Robert Mugabe have been arrested and charged with corruption in recent months.

Links to new party

Kasukuwere was allegedly a key member of the G40 faction in the ruling party that orchestrated the sacking of Mnangagwa as vice president in early November. It was that incident that triggered the army operation that led to Mugabe's resignation on November 21 and his replacement by Mnangagwa. The army said it was targeting "criminals" around Mugabe, believed to be G40 members.

In the video clip of Kasukuwere's arrival, by-standers can be heard whistling and chanting his name as he strolls over to a waiting limousine and is whisked away.

There is speculation that Kasukuwere could be preparing to take over leadership of a new political party – the National Patriotic Front – that is reported to have the backing of the Mugabes.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 599 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 3312 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 680 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.20
-0.1%
Rand - Pound
21.30
+0.1%
Rand - Euro
18.70
-0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.22
+0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.0%
Platinum
1,012.08
0.0%
Palladium
1,618.86
0.0%
Gold
1,928.39
0.0%
Silver
23.60
0.0%
Brent Crude
86.66
-0.9%
Top 40
74,766
+0.4%
All Share
80,791
+0.4%
Resource 10
77,871
-0.4%
Industrial 25
103,872
+0.7%
Financial 15
16,281
+0.6%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE